I've been having quite a bit of complications with previous ACDF surgeries. I've had 3 so far. My neck is fused from C4-5, C5-6, and C6-7. On the lowest level fusion, 2 screws broke. The x-ray report also states that the fusion failed. This is the second report in a year that has stated this.
The pain has increased significantly and I'm practically bedridden. I'm typing this while lying on my bed, if I sit up for any period of time I have to deal with much more pain. The pain coincidentally started right before I asked for the first x-ray/test because the pain seemed to be increasing rather than decreasing like it should. In my mind there's a correlation but the doctor insists that the broken screws shouldn't be the cause.
What I'm asking or looking for is what is the probability that this is the cause of the increased pain? Has anyone experienced this before, was the this the direct cause of any issues? What can I do if no other doctors in the area will give a second opinion? I live in Hawaii so no other neurosurgeon wants to examine a patient that has existing surgeries.